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Monitor calibration

View Poll Results: Is your monitor calibrated?
Yes, I put a lot of effort/money into it 78 31.97%
Yes, kind of...I use Adobe Gamma or something similar 127 52.05%
No, I should, but I've never bothered 28 11.48%
You can calibrate monitors? 11 4.51%
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Old 11-30-2001, 04:04 PM
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Debbie,

Why don't you do all of us a favor and make up an action for it?

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Old 11-30-2001, 05:11 PM
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Oh wouldn't that be nice. I know you can save your settings when you do the gamma thing so I am hoping that all I have to do is load the settings I saved the last time and be done with it. Haven't tried that part yet. Not even sure if this save settings is part of the version 6 or if 5.5 had it also and I just discovered it because it took me that long to calibrate from the last time.
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Old 11-30-2001, 06:28 PM
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Speaking of calibrating monitors, I just got a new Apple G4 Powerbook without thinking about having to clibrate the monitor, and there doesn't seem to be a way to do much in the way of calibration for the LCD. I am thinking I will need to get a second monitor for my Photoshop work. I am very new at this. Any suggestions???
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Old 11-30-2001, 06:40 PM
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Welcome to Retouch Pro. I can't answer your question, I wish I could, but I would think that there are others on this site who could. What you should do is start a new thread in this Hardware forum that specifically asks about LCD calibration to your Apple Powerbook so more people will notice it. That way it won't get buried in this thread and go unnoticed. Good luck.
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Old 11-30-2001, 07:10 PM
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I have an LCD monitor and am able to do some calibration although I believe Doug has explained that CRT monitors offer better calibration options. If your computer allows contrast and brightness adjustments to the LCD screen (I'll bet that it does) then I believe that it can be calibrated using Adobe Gamma. The color cast will be adjusted by Adobe Gamma as you answer questions (which square looks like neutral gray?). I'm sure it would be better for you to get a REALLY good [really expensive] monitor, but I think that you'll be able to eliminate color casts and improve image contrast well enough with your monitor until you are ready to add another monitor. One way to test it, I guess, is to submit some work to a Challenge or to the Gallery and see what Doug thinks about the contrast and color.

Oh, you're new! Two things - 1. Welcome! 2. I have no training in calibration, just opinions.
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Old 12-08-2001, 03:31 PM
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Cool

Reflecting on these comments has led me to a deeper understanding of the subject. I'd never considered that the pictures I was submitting might be too dark - after all they looked fine on my monitor.

Before getting Photoshop I'd put a background picture on my monitor showing a snow-capped mountain beside a small lake. Dark tree branches, that are great for displaying icons, silhouette the mountain scene.
Anyway, after getting Photoshop I used the Adobe Gamma Wizard to set up my machine. When I was finished, my background picture was way too dark - so guess what - I lightened the screen to make my picture looked great again. This was not the right solution...

After reading these comments I re-applied the Adobe Gamma. The results were the same; my background picture was way too dark...
This time though, I imported the picture into Photoshop and used Levels to lighten it. Consequently all the pictures I do now are a lot lighter.

This has led to another benefit as well. I could never get my printer to print my pictures light enough. They looked good on the monitor but were printing much too dark. Now they print fine. Who would have thought that a darker monitor would make my printer print lighter....
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Old 12-08-2001, 05:22 PM
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. . . talk about seeing the light!
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Old 12-08-2001, 05:50 PM
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Hallelujah! Say amen, somebody...
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Old 12-08-2001, 06:54 PM
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Okay -- amen! (But you knew that was coming, didn't you?)

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Old 12-08-2001, 07:21 PM
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Where can you go for free these days and get this much good information? Happy we all could share in your epiphany.
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